J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Cupola of the Basilica of San Lorenzo, Milan 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 9 Verso:
The Cupola of the Basilica of San Lorenzo, Milan 1819
D14341
Turner Bequest CLXXV 9a
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 185 mm
Partial watermark ‘Al | 18’
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The Turner scholar C.F. Bell elaborated on Finberg’s 1909 Inventory entry (‘Roman Colonnade, San Lorenzo’): ‘Corso di Porta Ticinese, Milan’.1 Ian Warrell has noted the subject here as the cupola of the Basilica of San Lorenzo;2 the disjointed detail is effectively a continuation upwards from the full-page view on folio 10 recto opposite (D14342) showing the adjacent Roman colonnade along the Corso west of the church. At the gutter is a slight lateral continuation of that sketch.
See under folio 2 recto (D14328) for other Milan views.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

1
Undated MS note by C.F. Bell (died 1966) in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.512.
2
Undated notes by Ian Warrell in Tate catalogue files.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘The Cupola of the Basilica of San Lorenzo, Milan 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2017, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, July 2017, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-the-cupola-of-the-basilica-of-san-lorenzo-milan-r1186454, accessed 21 May 2022.